541 students are going on a school trip. Each bus will take up to 47 students. How many buses are needed?

This week I scored 32 but last week I scored 69.
What is the difference between 32 and 69?

25 boxes each hold 70 tins of paint. How many tins of paint are there all together?

If Mr Muscle weighs 90kg,
Mr Fit weighs 93kg and Mr Strong weighs 98kg; What is their combined weight?

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• Year 10 (2), Wincmore School
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• I use this starter across my year groups and abilities. For my lower ability students, I tend to spend more time on the explanation and discussion of answers. For my higher ability students, I shorten the length of time they have to answer these questions. This starter works, because it test the 4 operations we mainly use in mathematics and makes students use their knowledge and understanding of the maths. It's also a great link with literacy skills!
• The Best Pupils In The World, King Alfred's College
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• This starter was pretty easy in the end, at the start some of the class struggled.
• Nat, Weston
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• I found it quite difficult.
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• The way this activity is presented can vary depending on your objectives. Are calculators allowed? Would you encourage rough work in the back of the exercise books or neat, well-laid-out, formal solutions in the front of the exercise books? Could a more able group do this starter with their hands behind their backs, completely in their heads and memorising the four answers? Don't forget that if you refresh this page the numbers in the questions change so you could try more than one of the above methods with the same class!
• Mr Pyle, Warden Park
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• We loved it, especially the humour.

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I had been tutoring the wonderful Betsy for five years. When the day came for our last ever session together before the end of her Year 13, I received this beautiful book as a gift of appreciation.

This a very readable book by Ben Orlin. I'm really enjoying the humour in the writing and the drawings are great.

Ben Orlin answers maths' three big questions: Why do I need to learn this? When am I ever going to use it? Why is it so hard? The answers come in various forms-cartoons, drawings, jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that mathematics should belong to everyone.

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